Musicians from the 60s/70s whose reputations aren't tarnished in some way or another

#1

Following on from the Bowie thread: could we maybe list some bands / artists from his era who either kept a clean reputation or (preferably) were a force for good in their time?

(For avoidance of doubt, I don’t want this thread to turn into any kind of apologism for people’s behaviour. I’m sure this didn’t really need saying, but just in case).

#2

Bob Dylan’s worst crime is merely being grumpy

#3

Neil Young

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#5

Kraftwerk

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#6

that, and wiggle wiggle

#7

I’m looking at this picture and imagining that the bass is a mandolin and that Macca is about 2 feet tall.

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#8

Tarnished his reputation by being dead

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#9

This implies that he existed in the first place.

#10

Brian Wilson spent the whole 70s and 80s in bed, so that kept him relatively out of the way. Plus the Beach Boys were all massive squares anyway…

#11

Leonard Cohen

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#12

The Boss

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#13

Iggy?

#14

I thought the implication was that his connection with Charles Manson was that CM provided ‘young’ girls from his cult for BW to sleep with?

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Stevie Wonder
Smokey Robinson
Dolly Parton

#17

that was Dennis Wilson, not Brian

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#18

Brian was probably more the victim than anything else, pretty much throughout his life. Their dad Murry was a frustrated musician and all-round massive dickhead, who beat him hard enough that he’s been partially-deaf in his right(?) ear most his life, and then had to deal with Eugene Landy being a controlling/manipulative influence, and forcing him to look like John Cusack.

Nowadays he seems like he’s in a better place, but it’s a bit tricky to tell. At the very least, he’s got Al Jardine in his touring band, and Al seems a pretty solid guy.

#19

I think Serge Gainsbourg just spent his time pretending to be incredibly dodgy rather than actually being dodgy.

#20

Brian wrote this: